Area Development
Maverick Arms, Inc., a firearms company specializing in shotguns, will invest $3.4 million to expand its Eagle Pass, Texas, manufacturing facility, creating 50 new jobs.

The firm is a subsidiary of Mossberg Corp., the largest pump-action shotgun producer in the world, as well as the oldest family-owned firearm maker in America. The Eagle Pass facility currently assembles and distributes firearms for the Mossberg, Maverick and Mossberg International brands. This expansion will consolidate barrel production to the Eagle Pass facility, located in the Lone Star State city on the border of the Rio Grande River, west of San Antonio.

"Investing in Texas was an easy decision. It's a state that is not only committed to economic growth but also honors and respects the 2nd Amendment and the firearm freedoms it guarantees for our customers," Mossberg CEO Iver Mossberg said. "A significant amount of our manufacturing has been done in our Eagle Pass factory since 1989. This new expansion will allow us to take full advantage of the outstanding work ethic of our long time Eagle Pass employees and help us meet an ever growing demand for Mossberg rifles and shotguns. We thank Governor Perry and for his efforts, which have helped make this expansion possible and will help us create even more jobs in the community."

"Last month's outstanding jobs gains are further proof that Texas continues to be a national leader in job creation for employers of all sizes and across all industries," Governor Rick Perry said. "This TEF investment in Maverick Arms will help create jobs and opportunity in Eagle Pass, while reaffirming Texas' longstanding support of the Second Amendment."

Governor Perry has focused on creating an economic climate in Texas that allows companies from all industries to grow and create jobs. In 2013, the governor sent letters to firearm manufacturers across the country, including Mossberg, highlighting Texas' combination of low taxes, smart regulations, fair courts and skilled workforce. Governor Perry recently announced a Texas Enterprise Fund investment of $300,000 to assist the firm with its expansion plans.